Learning our lessons: reflecting on 60 years of cosmetic treatments - Uvence A Revolutionary Treatment
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Learning our lessons: reflecting on 60 years of cosmetic treatments

How have advancements in knowledge surrounding cosmetic treatments transformed today’s procedures?

The world of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments is nothing new to us, as the industry was well established around 60 years ago. Over the past five decades, we’ve seen the rise of various different beauty trends, with one of the most notable treatments in the early days of plastic surgery being breast augmentation. Its debut on the scene came in the early 1960s, with many women choosing to undergo surgery for breast enlargement. Fast forward to the present day and minimally invasive cosmetic ‘tweakments’ have become wildly popular, with lip augmentation fillers and other minor facial treatments accounting for a huge percentage of the market.

Despite the first appearances of lip filler going back decades, it was Kylie Jenner’s confession of lip enhancement in 2015 that triggered the real breakthrough in the sheer popularity of this cosmetic phenomenon. Following Kylie’s decision to come clean about her lips, within 24 hours there was a 70% increase in people considering getting their lips done. In the last 5 years, artificially enhanced lips have become commonplace, not just among Instagram influencers and Love Islanders, but also the everyday consumer.

So why are we now starting to see a reverse of these procedures? Recent news has seen many influencers trying to undo their previous cosmetic treatments, much to our surprise. Molly-Mae Hague – who starred on the 2019 series of Love Island – is one example, as she decided to dissolve her lip filler and instead show off her natural lips, much to the dismay of many fans who had recently undergone costly procedures themselves. The decision to reverse these procedures is not always down to cosmetic preference alone however; many who have undergone these procedures are starting to notice some unwanted consequences, such as the migration of artificial filler from its original placement, as well as bumpiness and uneven texture where the filler has unevenly spread over time.

How can we avoid these risks when it comes to cosmetics procedures?

Despite some of the downsides and controversy, filler is not  – if administered correctly – anything to be frowned upon. That said, as with any sector, the cosmetics industry has advanced significantly over the previous few decades, with new treatments being developed all the time, and more research and evidence around the side effects of more outdated treatments coming to the fore.

We have seen an evolution in knowledge surrounding cosmetic treatments, but there is still a trend of people undergoing surgeries or procedures without having carried out a considerable amount of research as to the procedure itself, possible side effects, and long-term results. With this in mind, if you are considering any procedures, make sure to talk extensively with a trusted doctor before committing to anything.

It’s also really important to evaluate what is it you want when it comes to considering cosmetic treatments, whether that be increased mass in your facial features, or simply to rejuvenate and plump what is already there. If you are looking for a solution that is less intense, yet longer lasting and with immediate effect, there are a number of solutions available to you that can utilize a host of new technologies now safely available in the market. For those looking to enhance their natural features, including lips, in a natural way without the use of any foreign chemicals, then Uvence is a non-surgical solution which utilises patients’ own cells, rejuvenating the skin and making it appear more plump and full without the toxins of artificial filler.

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